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Tips on Kitchen Renovation

kitchen designEvery woman or man who cooks has an idea of the perfect kitchen for their needs. There are many suggestions of the perfect kitchen in magazines and on the internet. If one watches any of the chefs on TV, there are more ideas available for anyone looking forward to a kitchen renovation.

The space that you have available plays a large part in determining exactly what can be done with the kitchen. If the area that one is working with is small, one must decide what is important to them. It could be appliances, storage, counter space or deciding if a kitchen table is to be used. Usually counter space is one of the main objectives. This is especially important for a person who cooks a lot.

Appliances are another big consideration. One needs a stove, refrigerator and of course a sink. Then one must decide if they want a microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven and other items. Once again, space is a major consideration when it comes to these appliances. There are many features available for storage of these items, such as under the cabinet items which fit right under the cabinets. However, if considering these items, it is important to make sure that there is enough area between the kitchen cabinets and counter.

Many kitchens today have a kitchen island. This is in the middle of the kitchen and holds small appliances, sometimes it will have a sink. The island provides a large work area and many times the top of it is a cutting board. It also provides extra storage space in the form of extra cupboards and kitchen drawers. In a smaller kitchen, however, an island is often not practical.

There are programs on the internet that will allow one to plan their kitchen online. Options are given for size, appliances and other features. This is invaluable for someone who has plenty of ideas but is unsure of exactly what will work in their kitchen.

Designing Your Kitchen: Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinetsDesigning your own new kitchen is a unique opportunity to make the most important room of the house totally yours. Planning and budgeting come first. Shop around and familiarize yourself with the cost of everything on your wish list. If you want that silent-running Bosch dishwasher, or that Maytag dishwasher that can wash your stemware without smashing it, plan. Start with everything you want and make changes, look for satisfactory alternatives, until you develop your budget, including a reasonable allowance for cost overruns.

Most professional kitchen designers agree the work/walk pattern in a functional kitchen should be a logical triangle or square between your large appliances, encouraging economy of motion. Expend as little effort as possible to get the job done, and consider your primary needs. How many people routinely cook in your kitchen? Where do you want your kitchen storage canisters located? Do you cook alone or with others? Do you need an island to accommodate multiple cooks at once? Do you need a desk in the kitchen? Would a flat screen TV or a computer serve you well? Do your kids need a place to sit and do homework while you cook?

After you plan the kitchen, imagine making the trip from the stove to the sink a few thousand times. If your design still pleases you, go forward.

You can get free professional help by taking trips to big-box home improvement centers. Weekdays are much less hectic than weekends and there is a good chance someone will be available to help you. Come armed with exact space measurements and your plans. Ask for their thoughts on the kitchen project and ideas on how to improve on your design or save money. After you go through this process a few times, you will have some new ideas on how to proceed.

Your greatest expense will be cabinetry. If you opt for hardwood cabinets, professionally installed, count on spending at least $200 per linear foot. The cost will go up considerably if you want to use more expensive woods; or, if you include features like spice racks for storing spice jars, extension (or pull out) shelving, and a built in recycling center.

Remember: simpler is cheaper, but most only remodel a kitchen once, so be sure you get what meets your absolute need. If you need that coffee cabinet for all your cups and coffee supplies, get it. If you can do without those sliding metal baskets, that will save you a few dollars. If you do not need it, take it out of the budget and the plan. Concentrate strictly on making your kitchen the kitchen you really need and want.